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Exterior Gateway Protocol implementation schedule (RFC0890) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003939D
Original Publication Date: 1984-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-13
Document File: 3 page(s) / 4K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

J. Postel: AUTHOR

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10.17487/RFC0890: DOI


This memo is a policy statement on the implementation of the Exterior Gateway Protocol in the Internet. This is an official policy statement of ICCB and DARPA. After 1-Aug-84 there shall be no dumb gateways in the Internet. Every gateway must be a member of some autonomous system. Some gateway of each autonomous system must exchange routing information with some gateway of the core autonomous system using the Exterior Gateway Protocol.

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Network Working Group Jon Postel Request for Comments: 890 ISI February 1984

Exterior Gateway Protocol Implementation Schedule

Status of this Memo

This memo is a policy statement on the implementation of the Exterior Gateway Protocol in the Internet. This is an official policy statement of ICCB and DARPA.

The Current Situation

Currently the Internet has a number of smart gateways and a number of dumb gateways. The smart gateways dynamically exchange routing information among themselves using the Gateway Gateway Protocol (GGP) [3]. The dumb gateways do not exchange routing information dynamically.

The dumb gateways must be listed in the smart gateway routing tables, and changes in dumb gateways status (e.g., adding new dumb gateways) in the smart gateways tables requires human intervention.

The amount of routing traffic between smart gateways depends on the number of smart gateways and the total number of networks. Since dumb gateways typically connect a single network at the edge of the Internet, there is typically one more network in the routing table for each dumb gateway.

Gateways that connect a single network to the edge of the Internet may be called "stub" gateways.

The current GGP procedures used by the smart gateways are at the limits of their capacity. A significant change to these procedures is urgently required. This is difficult to perform because the smart gateways are maintained by several different groups, and because it is difficult to isolate a subset of these gateways for testing new procedures.

The Future Situation

In the future, as it is currently envisioned, there will be a number of co-equal autonomous systems of gateways. Each as will have its own private internal procedures for maintaining routing information, perhaps via an Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP). The smartness of a gateway will be the smartness of the IGP used in the autonomous system the gateway participates in. Some gateways of each autonomous system will exchange routing informations with some gateways of other autonomous systems via an Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP) [2].

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RFC 890 February 1984 EGP Implementation Schedule

The factoring of the old set of smart gateways into a number of autonomous systems allows more flexibility for the development and testing of improved routing procedures. Different autonomous systems can adopt different routing procedures internally, as long as they communicate with other autonomous systems via the EGP.

The Transition Situation

The first step in the transition from the current situation to the future situation is the replacement of all dumb gateways with gateways that implement at least a subset of the EGP.

This subset is called the "Stub Exterior Gateway Protocol", and is described in RFC-888 [1].

The second step is to factor the existing smart gateways into autonomous systems. The gateways programmed and maintained by different groups will become distinct autonomous systems. As things are, this will resu...